What has happened to us?
I walk around my part of the world and I see so many of the youth there… but not really there. They are like the zombies they so like to watch in the movies. Occasionally, they will wake up for a second as they look at their Iphone, Android, etc… Then they go back to sleep, standing up. I even see adults like this.
How many people spend their days looking to devices, technology, and media to fulfill them? If it does, it only does it for a minute, and then it is done and gone.
How many times have I checked my email, waiting for something special, something amazing, but nothing comes? I am guilty of looking for life in technology, but technology is not alive and it can not give life.
I know what I really need to be doing and where I really need to be going to get life – to the Life-giver, Yahweh / Yeshua. I need to be spending time with Him, not reading another email or watching another movie. I need to plug into what He has given me to get life from, His Spirit, His Word, and the good remnants of His World.
I also need to look at the simple pleasures of my time here, the simple, beautiful things that God has given me, and gain my life from them. If you are wondering what that looks like, I share some here with you :
Watching my girls twirl and dance to a worship song, full of music and life.
Seeing the first flowers of Spring bloom and bringing a few into the house to decorate our table.
A lovely homemade chicken curry dinner, after three days of eating beans and rice.
Sitting with my church group and talking honestly about where we are at in our walk and where God is taking us.
Sitting outside and feeling the sun sink into my body.
Feeling the Spirit of God speak to me, during prayer, worship, bible reading or meditation.
Watching my girls explore the simple backyard world full of plants and bugs.
The view of the mountains from my back window, snow-capped one day, brown and barren the next.
This is what a simple life is about. Getting rid of everything that distracts us. I haven’t perfected this yet, but I know it is where I want to be heading.
What are the simple pleasures in your life? What keeps you from time with God? What do you find yourself putting before God?